Lentil Soup

I wanted to write this down before I forgot it.

Lentil soup can be super bland and boring but this one is really good!

easy and delicious lentil soup

Ingredients:
  • 3 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 3 Medium Carrots, Diced
  • 1 small Onion, Minced
  • 2 Stalks Celery, Diced
  • 2 Potatoes, Peeled and Diced
  • 2 small Zucchini, Sliced
  • 1 Tomato, Diced
  • 1 cup Dried Lentils, Rinsed
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, Minced
  • 1 tbs. Dried Dill
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp. Black Pepper
  • 5 Cups Chicken or Vegetable Broth

Directions:
1. Put olive oil in stockpot over medium-high heat.  Once heated, add all veggies except garlic.  Stir for a few minutes.  Add lentils, garlic, dill, salt, and pepper and cook a few more minutes until fragrant.
2. Add broth, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 40-50 minutes until lentils are tender.

Simple and delicious roasted broccoli recipe

I used to always just steam broccoli. Then one day someone suggested I roast it. Whaaaaaaat? Ok. With some olive oil and some garlic. Sounds good, right? But once I got started doing it differently, I couldn’t stop, so I also added some herbs, chili paste, and soy sauce. OMG so good.

simple and delicious roasted broccoli recipe- you'll never make it your old way again!

So, how do you make it, exactly?

I use frozen broccoli, put it into a baking dish, coat it with olive oil (I like a LOT of olive oil), add one or two cloves of chopped garlic, a sprinkle of my favorite herb blend, a teaspoon of chili paste, and a tablespoon of soy sauce. I roast it in a 400 degree oven for 20- 30 minutes. I like it crispy and roasty, you can cook it shorter or longer depending on how you like it.

You may never make broccoli any other way after this!

What’s so great about farmers markets?

Well, besides the fact that you’re supporting local farmers and not Big Ag when you get food there, it’s fun, the people selling are nice and helpful and friendly- and everything tastes so much better!

produce from the farmers market

If you’re new to Farmer’s Markets, or are intimidated or overwhelmed, the three things you should start with are tomatoes, corn, and peaches. You will never find tastier tomatoes, corn, and peaches anywhere unless you grow them yourself. Not even Whole Foods has better ones.

what to get at the farmers market

That’s it, now go, you only have a few weeks left.

farmers dinner

Homemade applesauce in 20 minutes

Mmmmmmmm, Autumn! Pumpkins, cinnamon, oranges and yellows. And APPLES! So many apples. What to do with them all? Especially if you have some that aren’t as crisp and juicy as you’d like for eating? Make applesauce! Applesauce is suuuuuper easy to make. Just take 5 or more apples, peel them, slice them into bite-sized pieces, put them in a saucepan with a little bit of water, sugar, and cinnamon (optional). Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Stir often and mash them up with the back of the spoon or a potato masher. Let it cool, then transfer it to a jar- it will keep for about a week. I put it into oatmeal in the morning. Yum! What do you do with applesauce besides eat it plain?

homemade applesauce in 20 minutes

You can have homemade applesauce in 20 minutes

Meatless Monday Meal Idea: Eggs are not boring

Well, by themselves eggs can be sort of boring if you eat them a lot. But if you change up the sides, you won’t get tired of them. Think about different salads, maybe some hummus or other dips, roasted potatoes are always good and eggs with asparagus is a classic.

meatless_monday_eggs

 

Here are some ideas for delicious sides.

Simple Caprese Salad

A fancy caprese with bacon (not meatless monday!)

A bunch of variations on caprese salad

White bean dip

Black bean dip

Guacamole hummus

Asparagus with brown butter and parmesan